The objective of the EU-funded SLICES-DS is to provide a complete design study for SLICES, a Europe-wide test-platform designed to support large-scale, experimental research on digital infrastructures.

The SLICES design will account for advanced compute, storage and network components, interconnected by dedicated high-speed links. Pushing forward, the project’s main goal is to strengthen the research excellence and innovation capacity of European researchers and scientists in the design and operation of future digital infrastructures.

Indeed, the design, deployment and operation of complex and continuously evolving digital infrastructures is crucial to keeping our technologically advancing society humming. This is why the research community needs a large-scale test platform to address issues of innovative and possibly even disruptive scientific concepts and technologies at the basis of digital infrastructures, along the multi-dimension of efficiency, reliability, availability, range, end-to-end latency, security and privacy.